Top Interior Designer, Oliver Heath has joined forces with Andrex Eco to bring us some amazing tips on making our homes more eco friendly. Apparently a whopping 48% of us would like to be more eco friendly in our homes but think it’s going to cost too much. In reality all it takes is a little imagination and creativity and we could have homes full of eco-friendly products and decor.

I’ve written before about upcycling and shown some innovative uses of wooden pallets as well as how to make the most of left over wallpaper and these articles are really popular so what is it that’s stopping the British population from making some of these changes towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle?

With more than three quarters (78%) of us believing that eco-friendly or sustainable products are more expensive than their standard counterparts, the prospect of going green in today’s economic climate is too much for cash-strapped Brits. Seven per cent admit to recently cutting back on the amount of eco products they buy, in the new research released by Andrex® Eco.

But this is where Eco Design Expert, Oliver Heath comes in as he’s put together some of his top tips for how to make small changes and make your home more eco-friendly. In this short film, he shows us his own home and some of the small changes he’s made:

I love that little shower timer, what a simple gadget for saving shower time and water. We need one of those!

There are lots we can all do in our homes to make little changes, and if we all do our bit it amounts to much more. Did you see how he only boiled one cup’s worth of water for his coffee?

Here are a few more of Oliver’s tips –


  • Cut your electricity bills by switching over to low energy LED light bulbs. They’ll save you money and won’t need changing almost ever – well every 50,000 hours or so!
  •  The summer months are a great time to fit draught excluders to doors, windows, and even unused chimneys. It’s a cheap and easy DIY job but makes an enormous change to your home come winter – draughts account for 15% of your homes heat loss.
  • Start a compost heap. Now you’re back out in the garden there will be lots of green waste to start feeding it with, plus you can also include kitchen waste and cardboard such as toilet roll tubes. Keep a compost caddy and by this time next year you’ll have lots of lovely fertiliser to feed your flowers, fruit and veg with.
  •  Think about all the places you throw stuff away from – people often forget about all the recyclable materials that come from the bathroom such as shampoo bottles and toilet roll tubes, so why not put a separate recycling bin in there too.
  •  Cutting down on hot water use can save you in three ways as we pay to buy, heat and dispose of it. Fitting and an aerated shower head and using a shower timer will literally save you gallons every day, not to mention the reduced energy costs.
  •  Natural light is psychologically uplifting and can help you cut down on energy bills. Make the most of this free renewable energy source by fully opening curtains every day, keeping windows free of obstructions and bouncing light off white painted window sills.
  • Plants not only look good, they also keep your home healthy too. Ferns, ivy, spider plants and mother-in-law’s tongue all absorb CO2 and a variety of toxins in the home.
  •  It’s often the small actions that make a change like choosing to buy better. Look out for products that contain recycled materials and that are easily recyclable. You’ll find the same great quality but with environmental thinking built in from the outset like Andrex Eco toilet paper.
  •  Homes filled with new furniture and fittings can often feel a little impersonal. Divert usable old or worn out products from waste and find items to upcycle for your home. Vintage or upcycled items add character, identity and style, making your home that little bit more unique.
  • Sharing things feels good and saves you money. There are lots of ways that communities can make big changes and benefit you – whether it’s borrowing more from local libraries, giving away unwanted items on Freecycle or joining other online community groups to access with local skills, products or activities.


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